CZECH REPUBLIC SHUTS DOWN BORDER TO BAR FOREIGNERS
Prague (dpa) – The Czech Republic on Saturday, January 30, 2021, shut down its borders and barred nearly all foreigners in an attempt to bring the coronavirus under control, officials told Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa).
Officers would carry out random check to ensure compliance, police in Prague confirmed to dpa. "We want to know what the reasons for the trip are," said a spokesman. Shopping trips are out of the question.
Since Saturday, entry to the Czech Republic is allowed only if absolutely necessary. Exceptions to the rule include business trips, essential family visits, funerals and appointments with authorities that can't be postponed, according to a government resolution.
Exiting the country, on the other hand, remains possible.
The government of Prime Minister Andrej Babis has expressed concern about the spread of the new variants of the coronavirus. On Saturday, Czech authorities registered 8,010 new coronavirus cases within 24 hours. Since the start of the pandemic, there have been more than 980,000 cases.